Sept. 3, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's soccer team (2-1-1; 0-0-0 Big Ten) fell to No. 20 Pepperdine, 1-0, in the Puma Classic at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu, Calif. The Buckeyes, who competed a player short in the final 23 minutes of the game, could not overcome the one goal deficit, in what was an otherwise evenly matched contest. It was a free kick by host Pepperdine 7:45 minutes into the second half (52:45) that gave the Wave the lead and the win.
Buckeyes Lisa Collison (So., Niagara Falls, Ontario/Burlington Flames), Lara Dickenmann (Jr., Kriens, Switzerland, DFC Sursee) and Lisa Grubb (Sr., Portage, Mich./Michigan Hawks) earned All-Tournament team honors for their efforts during the weekend. Collison tallied five points on two goals and one assist in her first game back with Ohio State after competing with the Under-20 Canadian National Team at the U-20 Women's World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dickenmann was credited with a goal and an assist throughout the tournament and Grubb notched an assist.
"It was an even game and for 45 minutes we were evenly matched," Lori Walker, head coach, said. "Both teams had organized and dangerous attacks. I knew it would be a one-goal game and I knew it would be something like a free kick that would be the difference. It was good soccer to watch."
After a scoreless and level first half, a series of events in the second stanza left the Buckeyes short a player and another nursing an injury following the match. True freshman Lauren Robertson (Fr., Mission Viejo, Calif./So Cal Blues), who has received four consecutive starts for OSU, was red carded in the 68th minute after making two saves. Robertson will miss Ohio State's next game vs. Kentucky as required by NCAA rules.
Shannon Neely (Sr., Dublin, Ohio/Ohio Premier) replaced Robertson and the Scarlet and Gray was forced to remove forward Jenna Greenwood (Jr., Westerville, Ohio/Ohio Premier) from the pitch. Five minutes later, Grubb collided with a Pepperdine player and had to leave the game because of an injury. With 18 minutes left to play, the Buckeyes still were looking for the equalizer on five shot attempts in the half, but could not find the back of the net.
For the match, saves were even with Robertson and Neely both making two stops and Pepperdine's Kayla Stolte producing four saves. The Buckeyes had 10 shots, four on goal, and three corner kicks compared to the Waves' 16 and five, respectfully.
"I liked the way we maintained our composure," Walker said. "Pepperdine really tested us. They are a good team. I saw a lot of our players mature today on the field and that will help us late in the season and in the postseason."
Ohio State plays one match Friday when it travels to Lexington, Ky., to face SEC opponent Kentucky at UK Soccer Complex.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
Ohio State (2-1-1) vs. No. 20 Pepperdine (2-1-1) Date: Sep 03, 2006 at Malibu, Calif. Weather: sunny, 77 degrees
Goals by period 1 2 Total Ohio State 0 0 0 Pepperdine 0 1 1
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 52:45 PEP WYNNE, Emily (4) (unassisted) - free kick after foul, 15 yards out
Shots: Ohio State 10, Pepperdine 16 Saves: Ohio State 4 (Robertson, Lauren 2; Neely, Shannon 2) Pepperdine 4 (STOLTE, Kayla 4)